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The Failure of the Euro

It seems unlikely that anyone will ever write a rap musical about the foundation of the European Union, but until “Hamilton” it seemed unlikely that anyone would write one about the fiscal infrastructure of the nascent United States. If anyone does try to bust some rhymes about the creation of the E.U., he could find a protagonist in Jean Monnet, a Frenchman who had one of those extraordinary twentieth-century lives, not as an artist or a warrior or a leader or a mystic but as that less celebrated but equally distinctive human type the fixer.
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